I see a lot of bloggers’ posts every weekend about the work they have done to prepare components of their week worth of meals in advance and I have always thought that it’s a great idea. I know I would love to come home from work in the evening and be able to throw together a healthy meal in a small fraction of the time it would normally take me. It makes perfect sense to have pre-made lunches and snacks ready in the fridge so I can save money and don’t give myself the oh-so-tempting option of buying lunch from my favorite pizza place every day. (Seriously, I would eat there every day if I had less self control. It’s that freaking good.)
But for some reason I have only made one half-hearted attempt at weekend food prep before… until last night. Jeremy was out of town until late and I finally got so envious of everyone’s food prepping skills (especially Lindsay, she’s pretty much the master) that I actually got off my butt and made it happen myself. I turned on the
Grammys Law and Order SVU marathon in the background and went to work. Here’s what I made…
- Rinsed and chopped strawberries for snacks and desserts
- A big bucket of salad for lunches
- Quinoa for sides and salad toppings
- Roasted chickpeas for sides and salad toppings – I washed and rinsed a can, coated them in about 1.5 tablespoon each of hummus and horseradish mustard and baked them about 40 minutes at 400 degrees, stirring them around every 10 minutes or so
- No Bake Oatmeal Nut Butter Balls for snacks
- Spaghetti squash for days for dinners and lunches
- Quinoa Breakfast Bars for breakfasts and snacks
- Rinsed cherry tomatoes for snacks and salad toppings
- Rinsed and chopped zucchini and red peppers to saute for dinners
It was a a lot of work in the kitchen – at least for me – but it was well worth it for the outcome and I felt much more prepared for the week ahead when I was done. And then Jeremy got home right as I finished and probably thought his girlfriend had been brainwashed by Martha Stewart.
Do you do food prep on the weekend? Does ANYONE else under the age of 60 watch Law and Order marathons besides me?